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During this COVID period, Low Vision Services is open for in person and telemedicine appointments. Our protocols require compulsory wearing of masks, a focused evaluation to limit face to face time in office, a limited waiting area that can only accommodate one family member, and you must call from your car before entering the office. Please complete and send registration forms prior to the appointment. Bring copies of insurance cards and have referring doctors email and updated eye reports sent to lowvisionservices@myupdox.com or faxed to 703-687-1744. Please call 703-652-7803 for appointments or for questions, please leave a message here.

Our Services

Low Vision Services

A low vision examination is different from your typical eye exam with your regular ophthalmologist or optometrist. While these doctors focus on the structures of your eyes to manage your eye condition or disease, our focus is on the function of your eyes and how your eye condition(s) impacts your daily life. Understanding how the eye condition or disease affects your daily life will increase the likelihood of successful rehabilitation. A detailed history is key component of your low vision exam. Activities impacted can range from reading, writing, using a computer, setting appliances, driving and walking to dealing with glare and increased light sensitivity.

The low vision assessment includes measurements of visual acuity (what degree of detail that can seen), contrast sensitivity (how bold things need to be) , visual field (the span of peripheral vision), and the presence of scotomas (blind spots).

  • High contrast ETDRS chart visual acuity testing
  • Contrast sensitivity evaluation
  • Low Vision refraction
  • Visual field testing with Goldmann perimeter
  • Central scotoma testing using Nidek microperimeter (Alexandria location)
  • Reading evaluation
  • Referral for in home low vision rehabilitation occupational therapy
  • Referral to state rehabilitation agencies
  • Assessment of optical, electronic and non-optical visual aids
  • Lighting and glare recommendations
  • Recommendations for genetic testing of certain eye conditions
  • Introduction to local vision support groups
  • Counseling on coping with vision loss


4942 St. Elmo Avenue Bethesda MD 20814


(inside Colonial Opticians at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and St. Elmo Avenue) Nearest Metro station is Bethesda about 4 blocks away.


105 South Alfred St Alexandria, VA 22314


(at the corner of King St. and Alfred St., part of the 900 King Street historic building) Nearest Metro station is King Street about 6 blocks away.

Washington DC

415 2nd Street NE Washington DC, 20002


Nearest Metro Station is Union Station.